SC issues Notice on Plea Seeking Formulation of Autonomous Body To Regulate OTT Platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime



The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Internet and Mobile Association of India, in Public Interest Litigation seeking regulation on OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime by autonomous body. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bode issued notice and sought the Center’s response in the matter. The plea, filed by Advocates Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia, seeks for directions for the “establishment of a proper board / institute / association for the monitoring and management of content on different OTT /  Streaming and digital media platform. Various OTT, digital media and streaming platforms have allowed the flimmakers to release their upcoming projects without being worried about the clearance certificates form the Central Board of Film Certification. Though in absence of any government body governing the digital content, it is made available to public at large without filters. Also the consumption of content on these platforms is large due to pandemic as a result it involves exposure to creative liberty it also portrays violation of social morals, obscene language, sex scenes and at times without warning. It states that the Amazon prime which is airing many foreign series including Game of Thrones, The Wolf of street and  Netflix airing movies like 365 days consist of serious scenes of drug abuse, sex, drugs, nudity, smoke, crime etc.

The plea also state that Indian series and movies like Mirzapur, Paatal Lok , Scared Games and Koffee with Karan are also full of inappropriate content for common household and is not subjected to any moderation by government, which turns to be harmful for society.

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